Since ancient times, fragrant oils have been regarded as objects of value.  They have been reserved for and used by high-ranking people in the society of different eras.  Today, essential oils are a part of alternative and holistic medicine.  With the increasing availability and a louder buzz about its benefits, these aromatic compounds have become popular for mainstream use.

Where do essential oils come from?

Essential oils are concentrated compounds extracted from plants through distillation and mechanical methods.  They are never obtained through chemical processes.  Otherwise, they won’t be considered authentic aromatherapy oils.  These emollients possess the “essence” of a plant’s scent and flavor.  That is why they are called essential.

Around 250 pounds of the lavender flower is needed to make one pound of lavender essential oil.  On the other hand, 5000 rose petals are required to produce one pound of rose oil.  The delicate processes and the tremendous amount of plant material needed to generate these aromatic compounds make them expensive and powerful.

How are these aromatic compounds used?

Because these pure composites are highly potent, you only need a tiny amount – a few drops – in every use. There are different ways to take advantage of their benefits:

Through aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is a branch of holistic healing treatment that uses essential oils to promote health and well-being. It has recently gained recognition in the field of science and medicine. Enhancing health, mind, and body wellness can improve physical and emotional health.

So long as authentic essential oils are available, aromatherapy is easy. There are a lot of ways to do it:

  • From the bottle: Simply open the bottle and take deep breaths of the aroma. Just don’t put the bottle too near your nose.
  • Dry evaporation: Smell the pure scents from a cotton ball with a few drops of your essential oil until it disperses.
  • Steam Inhalation: In a bowl of hot water, put a few drops of your preferred aromatic compound. Over the bowl, place a towel over your head and breathe the steam in.
  • Using a Diffuser: You will need a diffuser. A diffuser is a device that disperses tiny oil particles in space for you to breathe them in. Follow the directions in your diffuser manual.

Directly roll them on your skin

You can also reap the benefits of these special scented oils by having your skin absorb them. Be careful when applying pure oils to your skin. It is best to dilute them with carrier compounds like jojoba and coconut oils. Most experienced oilers put their blend in a rollerball bottle for ease of application.

Under guidance, you may also eat them

Essential oils are also used in teas, supplements, and food recipes. These compounds are very powerful. You might be defeating the purpose by unintentionally ingesting a large amount of plant material.  Ideally, you should seek guidance from a trained herbalist to ensure the correct dosing and direction on use.

Here are ten of the most common essential oils and their uses:

Lavender

The Lavender essential oil is primarily suitable for relaxation. It helps with stress, pain, and sleep. If you find yourself in a mountainous load of tasks, lavender is your best aide. It promotes feelings of calm and fights occasional nervous tension.

Lavender can soothe your skin. It helps to cleanse and pacify minor skin irritations. Unclogging pores and reducing inflammation, lavender can help prevent and heal acne breakouts. It also helps to reduce the appearance of blemishes.

Peppermint

The minty freshness of peppermint essential oil is invigorating. Peppermint gives relief to stuffy noses, especially in winter. It also eases headaches and fights fatigue. This cool-scented compound relieves tired muscles after a heavy physical activity as a massage oil. It enhances healthy gut function and maintains the efficiency of the digestive tract. Notably, it reduces the feelings of discomfort after taking in large meals.

Lemon

The lemon essential oil can be uplifting. It delivers a bright, happy scent, perfect for gloomy days. Get the boost you need from this emollient’s cheerful aroma. Lemon supports and strengthens your immune system.  Used on the skin, it can help reduce the appearance of aging for a youthful complexion.

It is best to incorporate it into your nighttime skincare routine as citrus oils can be photosensitive.  Around the household, lemon oil is your helper in removing adhesives.

Lemongrass

Like lemon, lemongrass essential oil offers a rejuvenating aroma of clean, fresh air.  It purifies the air from foul and unwanted odors. Lemongrass relieves stress, anxiety, and depression. Its antibacterial properties aid in preventing the growth of fungi such as athlete’s foot and ringworm. Ensure that you use a carrier oil before taking advantage of its skin-cleansing properties.

Cedarwood

Cedarwood essential oil is a natural deodorizer. Add it to other oils and blends to produce a sweeter and earthier scent profile. Like lemongrass, cedarwood has skin-cleansing properties. It helps you maintain the appearance of youthful skin and healthy-looking hair. Many people use this oil in making insect repellants, shampoos, and deodorants.

Frankincense

Another oil that offers an uplifting aroma is Frankincense essential oil. Known as the “king of oils,” it treats inflammation, elevates mood, and promotes sleep. It offers feelings of relaxation and tranquility. Studies show that it can also improve asthma. As a topical application, it targets to enhance the appearance of uneven skin tones on the skin.

Grapefruit

Be inspired by the energizing scent of grapefruit essential oil. Dilute it with a carrier oil to treat acne, wound, and burns. It also has anti-oxidant and skin-cleansing properties. Because it enhances your mood and gives you energy, it also supports weight management.

Oregano

Did you know that you can use oregano essential oil in the kitchen and on the massage table? It works great for massage when diluted, especially on fatigued muscle areas after strenuous physical activity. When diffused, it helps purify the air. It can also help cleanse the digestive system while adding a pop of flavor to any savory dish.

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus essential oil comes in handy, especially during the cold season. Like peppermint, it soothes a stuffed-up nose by loosening your nasal passages so you can breathe easier. It can also relieve pain and fight viruses with its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Be careful when using eucalyptus oil, especially around children and pets. Dilute it before applying topically. Never ingest it as it can have dangerous side effects.

Chamomile

Chamomile essential oil delivers a sweet and fruity aroma. Its soothing quality makes it effective for insomnia, anxiety, and depression. It also helps with allergies, eczema, and wound healing. It is commonly consumed as an herbal tea that promotes a good night’s rest.

Essential oils boost your mood and offer help with a lot of your other worries. We at Scentimental Wellness can provide you with more details. If you want to enjoy the pleasant aroma and reap the benefits of these special oils, call us at 469-200-8236 or 903-391-4595, or you can also send us an email at scentimentalwellness@gmail.com.